Illustrator: Align to key object
In the Align pallet in Illustrator there are three options to align your elements to:
- Align to selection
- Align to key object
- Align to artboard
“Align to selection” will align all the objects in relation to each other irrespective of where they are placed on the artboard. “Align to artboard” will align all selected objects in relation the the artboard. However, there is a third option, “Align to key object”, which is usually disabled. This option allows you to select one key object and align all other objects in relation to it. You enable the option by selecting the objects you want to align, and then click again on the one object you want to set as the key object. There is no need to press any modifier key, just select the objects then click the key object again – you will see it will have a thicker selection line. Now the “Align to key object” will be enabled and you can select it.